Beer: My Better Half
Brewer: Somerville Brewing Company
Source: 22 oz bottle
Rating: *** (7.9 of 10)
Comments: A golden amber with very little carbonation, this caramel-scented beer has the unique flavor combination of sweet orange cream with a chocolate aftertaste. The head is thin and the lacing is erratic, but this brew is yummy.
Beer: Sgt. Pepper
Brewer: Cambridge Brewing Company
Source: 22 oz, bottle
Rating: **** (8.1 of 10)
Comments: Spicy and unique, this beer pours out golden with effervescence and a thin head. The scent is spicy & yeasty and the flavor is a peppercorn spice balanced with a caramel malt. I found it went well with a vegetable soup and quesadillas.
Beer: Schwarzbier (with Samoas)
Brewer: Portsmouth Brewery
Rating: ***(7.5 of 10)
Comments: So I’ve been abstaining from beer for Lent, and thus I’ve been posting reviews of beers that I took notes about last year but never got around to writing up. I had to make an exception last week when I traveled to Portsmouth, NH on business, to pay a visit to the Portsmouth Brewery. They had two cask-conditioned beers available that amusingly had been brewed with Girl Scout cookies. I had a taste test of the Thin Mint beer, which was too sweet, but got a full pint of the schwarzbier with Samoas. The beer is black with a thick head, and the Samoa-influence is subtle but you can definitely smell and taste chocolate and cocoanut. This was a fun twist on a German standard.